• This is the Double Jeopardy thing, that you cannot be tried for a crime for which you have already been successfully prosecuted. As far as I know it conted for any crime, but I think there may have been a ruling to amend this loophole recently. No doubt some lawyer can rebuff/suport this claim.
  • Yes, applicable to most fashion crimes.
  • just because it's not illegal doesn'tmean it's not wrong. if this happened to you please don't go killing another person just because you can. i don't want to drag religion into this... but if you are, the man up there will send you to hell.
  • You would be pardoned for the first murder. Perhaps compensated some monetary amount. But, killing again , even if the body was mistakenly ID'ed, is a new crime and you can be tried for that.
  • I was under the impression that the charge cited a time/date of the offense and therefore the second 'killing' would be a separate offense entirely.
  • is this a trick ?? how can u kill someone twice
  • yes it does. But a simple answer is not enough. Depending on the circumstances you may be charged for murder again. The justice sytem in the U.S. has two jurisdictions State and Federal. If the state charges you and you are acquitted and you later murdered the "victim" a second time then the federal government can press charges for murder because the double-jeopardy statute in state court does not apply or act as a bar on the federal court system. Since both the state and federal system are essentially seperate entities. This is called getting a second bite at the apple. Also you can be sued in civil court (Oj. Simpson for example) because civil and criminal are also seperate.
    • Hardcore Conservative
      There are only certain instances in which killing someone is a federal crime. Killing some regular dude, outside of a narrow set of circumstances, is not a federal crime.
  • You would still be liable for the killing because you were only charged with killing them in the past, not in the future. It's a different crime. Double jeopardy does not apply for a crime that has not yet happened.
  • No. the difference is the date of occurrence, victim and times. Each crime is separate, if there are different victims on different dates and time. If you robbed a store, for example, for three straight days in a row, then these are three separate offenses and can be arrested and convicted for each separate offense.
  • No you could not kill him without going to prison. The original charge will always have some sort of time limits: that you killed X between dates A and B. If X turns up again, you were obviously wrongly convicted; there are procedures to handle that, including pardons and compensation. But if you then kill X, you can be charged with killing X between C and D and counts as a completely separate crime. The fact that you were previously wrongly imprisoned for killing X is no different from if you were previously wrongly imprisoned for killing Y. It is the killing, not the person who is killed, that gets the punishment.
  • double jeopardy would exclude you from going to pay for the same crime twice.....doesn't matter the dates . if i went to prison , and the STATE found me quilty of killing johne doe ......and i see him again . either one of two things is going to happen . both the state and John doe owe me some money , cause after all i was convicted of a crime i did not do . " wrongful arrest and incarceration " or i could legally walk up and fill john doe with a bullet . they could only charge me for the firing a gun whatever , not the murder - i was already convicted of that remember ??
  • This is only true in the movies. You can only be tried once for any given crime. A given crime is any set of facts that constitutes the elements of the crime. … This is easier to understand if you look at a related crime—attempt to murder. If I attempt to kill you and fail, and then one month later I attempt to kill you again, then I have committed two separate crimes.
  • if you kill again you can go to prison again so i dont recommend doing that

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